Australia stun Holland to win maiden hockey gold

Australia take men's hockey gold medal with a 2-1 win over defending champions Holland.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:09 IST
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Jamie Dwyer emerged Australia's hero scoring the winner in the extra-time as his side broke a long-standing Olympic jinx to win their maiden men's hockey gold medal with a 2-1 win over defending champions Holland on Friday. Australia's triumph also ended Holland's dream of becoming the first team after India to win a hat-trick of titles in the mega event - following their gold medal wins in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and 2000 Sydney Games. After the sides were locked 1-1 at the regulation time, Dwyer hit in the goal from a penalty corner variation from the left prompting celebrations by yellow shirts all over the field. It was a great performance from Australia, who dominated the second half and the extra time after Holland took the lead before the breather with Ronald Brouwer's goal in the 29th minute. Australia fought back strongly to equalise through Travis Brooks (37th) before Dwyer's golden goal from the side's sixth penalty corner, eight minutes into the extra time, brought the historic win for Australia. Germany clinch bronze Earlier today, world champions Germany clinched the bronze beating Spain 4-3 through Bjoern Michel's golden goal in an absorbing contest here today. Spain, who led twice in the match, had to content with fourth position after Germany played out of their skin to topple their rivals in a fast-paced encounter at the Helliniko Hockey Centre. In other classification matches of the day, Sohail Abbas scored a hat-trick as Pakistan beat New Zealand to emerge fifth while India trounced South Korea 5-2 to match their Sydney Olympics seventh place finish. South Africa overcame Great Britain 4-3 via tie-breaker in the 9-10 place match and Argentina halted their pathetic run in the competition with a 4-2 win over the minnows from Egypt to take the 11th place. (PTI)